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Sainte-Barbe

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Bombe     F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 11/1883 16.4.1885 10/1887 stricken 1911
Couleuvrine     F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 1883 30.6.1885 1887 stricken 1911
Dague     F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 6/1884 6/1885 1888 stricken 1905
Dragonne     F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 10/1884 28.8.1885 1888 stricken 1910
Flèche     F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 10/1884 8.11.1885 1888 stricken 1912
Lance     F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne 12/1884 20.4.1886 1890 stricken 1914
Sainte-Barbe     Claparède, Quevilly 1884 10.10.1885 1890 stricken 1911
Salve     Claparède, Quevilly 1884 6.2.1886 1890 stricken 1906


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

369 - 430

Displacement full, t 
Length, m

59.2 pp

Breadth, m

5.97

Draught, m

3.17 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 VC, 4 locomotive boilers

Power, h. p.

1800

Max speed, kts

18 - 19

Fuel, t

coal 108

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armour, mm

steel; CT: 13

Armament

2 x 1 - 47/40 M1885, 5 x 1 - 37/20 M1885, 2 x 1 - 350 TT

Complement

70



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<i>Sainte-Barbe</i>
Sainte-Barbe


Project history

These vessels had three light raking masts, originally with a fore and aft rig, and a single raking funnel abaft the foremast. The bow was slightly ram-shaped with an overhanging stern and the sides curved in to a narrow upper deck. The 3pdrs were mounted forward and aft and in sponsons on either beam, with the TT in sponsons further aft. Dragonne was fitted for experiments with howitzers in 1896. The boilers in this class gave great trouble and led to delay In completion.

Ship protection

CT had 13mm sides.

Modernizations

1890s, Bombe, Dague, Lance, Saint-Barbe, Salve: were reboilered with 4 Guyot du Temple boilers

1890s, Flèche: was reboilered with 4 Lagrafel d'Allest boilers

Naval service

No significant events.